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Fatal injuries in offshore oil and gas operations: United States, 2003-2010.
Hill R; Retzer K; O'Connor M; Lincoln J; Gunter M
Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment 2014: The Journey Continues. Hughes B ed., March 17-19, 2014, Long Beach, California. Red Hook, NY: Curran Associates, Inc., 2014 Jun; 3:1747-1750
During 2003-2010, the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry (onshore and offshore, combined) had a fatality rate seven times higher than for all U.S. workers (27.1 versus 3.8 deaths per 100,000 workers). The 11 lives lost in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion provide a reminder of the hazards involved in offshore drilling. to identify risk factors to offshore oil and gas extraction workers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health analyzed data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, a comprehensive database of fatal work injuries, for the period 2003-2010. This report describes the results of that analysis, which found that 128 fatalities in activities related to offshore oil and gas operations occurred during this period. Transportation events were the leading cause (65 [51%]); the majority of these involved aircraft (49 [75%]). Nearly one fourth (31 [24%]) of the fatalities occurred among workers whose occupations were classified as "transportation and material moving." To reduce fatalities in offshore oil and gas operations, employers should ensure that the most stringent applicable transportation safety guidelines are followed.
Oil-industry; Gas-industry; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Explosion; Explosions; Hazards; Workers; Statistical-analysis; Transportation; Safety-measures; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors
Mining: Oil and Gas Extraction
Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment 2014: The Journey Continues, March 17-19, 2014, Long Beach, California
CA; AK; WV; CO
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division